And The 2020 Brightlingsea Virtual Christmas Tree Festival Winners Are…

The votes have been counted and the winners of our special 2020 Brightlingsea Virtual Christmas Tree Festival are:

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Adult Individual – Andy Conroy (aka Mr Windows) “haP.P.E Christmas”
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Adult Group – Brightlingsea Food Bank “Elves on the Shelves”
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Adult Group – Runner Up – Special Commendation – Brightlingsea Museum “Shipwrights Tree”
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Individual Young Person – Florence Andrews – Elves of Advent Tree
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Youth Group – 4 YOUth “4YOUth Christmas Treats

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and to everyone who voted. You can still view the virtual trees at brightlingsea.info/xmas-trees although voting is now closed.

All Saints’ Festive Lights Go Live 12/13 And 19/20 December

Brightlingsea’s festive lights trail from All Saints’ to the Hard will be complete this weekend as the special festive lights display and attractions are lit at All Saints’ Church.

From 4pm to 7pm on Saturday 12, Sunday 13 and Saturday 19 and from 4pm to 5.30pm on Sunday 20 December walk through the beautiful All Saint’s historic churchyard and enjoy the festive lights.

Alongside our traditional Christmas lights will be additional special displays created especially for this year’s Lights Trail.

Father Christmas will be located in the porch to wave to the children and there will be Christmas music playing too.

We will also have a special Christmas Wishes Tree where your messages can be hung. Unfortunately Covid-19 cross infection control means that you cannot add your messages directly. Instead please email your messages to either Angela Herbert on amjherbert47@gmail.com or Sheila Crow on sheilacrow48@yahoo.com who will personally place them onto the tree for you.

So do please come and visit and enjoy our wonderful All Saints’ Church in a Covid-19 safe way at this very special time of year.

Please observe social distancing at all times and please ensure you carry masks with you to wear when distancing cannot be maintained.

Festive Thrills Christmas Shop Supports Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival

The Festive Thrills Pop-Up Shop will be located at 33 Hurst Green from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December 2020 selling wonderful festive goodies including:

Decorative goodies for the home and tree

Amazing Bargain Bags

Tempting Tasty Food for your Christmas Larder

Gifts for all the family

Something for everyone

Help us raise funds for the All Saints’ Church restoration fund

Please wear a mask and observe social distancing

For further information please contact Sally Owen on owensally2@icloud.com

Donate Online To Support The Festival

Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival is not only a festive celebration to mark the coming of Christmas, but it is also a vital fundraising event in support of Brightlingsea’s historic churches – St James’ Church in the High Street which was consecrated in 1836, and the 12th century All Saints’ Church on the outskirts of the town which has the honour of being listed in Simon Jenkins’ “England’s Thousand Best Churches” and which holds a very special place in the heart of Brightlingsea’s residents.

Covid-19 means that of course we cannot raise money at the church this year, but if you would still like to support us do please donate online by clicking here.